Education

U.S. District Court: Kansas is Unconstitutionally Under-funding Public Schools, Must Increase Spending by $400 Million

January 14, 2013

“A funding plan was devised for Kansas in 2006 through a settlement of a prior lawsuit but the groups filed suit again in 2010 when the state made an estimated $300 million in funding cuts. The state made even more cuts in 2011.”

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Federal Judge Upholds Texas High School’s Use of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Chips in School IDs

January 9, 2013

“John Jay High School is one of two schools piloting the program, which eventually aims to equip all student badges across the district’s 112 schools with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips.”

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President Obama Signs the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act to Issue $5 Gold and $1 Silver Coins

December 5, 2012

“There will be 100,000 gold coins and 350,000 silver coins produced by the U.S. Mint for one year beginning in 2016, according to the legislation. The minting and issuing of these coins will not result in any net cost to the U.S. government.”

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President Obama secretly cuts the length of Pell Grant Need-Based College Financial Aid by 33%

November 28, 2012

“The email, sent out by the Dallas County Community College District, informed students of the changes to the Pell Grant program. It revealed that the number of semesters a student could receive a Pell Grant had been cut from 18 semesters down to 12.”

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Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott challenges Community Colleges to create Bachelor’s Degrees Programs that cost less than $10,000

November 28, 2012

“Scott’s push for lower tuition comes as colleges and universities across Florida are grappling with state budget cuts and students are plagued with rising costs and loan debt.”

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California named the State with the Lowest Average for College Student Debt

October 18, 2012

“Just 51% of graduates from California’s public and private nonprofit colleges took on student debt, compared with 66% nationwide, and those loan totals averaged $18,879, which was about $7,700 below the national average.”

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Florida State Board of Education approves plan to set Academic Goals based on Race

October 14, 2012

“On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level.”

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College Student Loan Defaults up for a fifth consecutive year

September 28, 2012

“Numbers released by the Department of Education Friday show that of the 4.1 million borrowers who began making payments in late 2009 and early 2010, 9.1% defaulted within two years, up from 8.8% the year before.”

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Chicago Teachers vote to suspend the Strike after learning details of a tentative deal; Classes to resume Wednesday

September 18, 2012

“A proposed settlement was presented to delegates during the weekend. Sticking points included teacher evaluations and job security, provisions at the core of a debate about the future of public education across the nation.”

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Judge refuses to act on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request to block the Teachers’ Union Strike until at least Wednesday

September 17, 2012

“Emanuel went to court after union delegates decided on Sunday to extend the strike in order to consult with rank-and-file members on whether to accept a new contract negotiated with Emanuel and the Chicago school district.”

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will file a court injunction to force an end to the Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike

September 16, 2012

“Currently, the strike is expected to continue Monday after the union’s House of Delegates refused to halt the walk out this afternoon and signaled classes may not resume before Wednesday.”

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Chicago Teachers Rally to continue to put pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel in light of the tentative labor deal

September 15, 2012

“Emanuel angered the Chicago teachers by trying to push through proposals to radically reform teacher performance evaluations and weaken job protection for teachers whose schools are closed or perform poorly academically.”

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Report: Tentative Deal reached to end the Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike

September 14, 2012

“Students could be back in the classroom as soon as Monday, according to the source.”

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Senior Chicago City Official: Chicago Teachers’ Union has asked for a 35% salary increase over three years

September 11, 2012

“The senior city official and other sources with knowledge of the negotiations say the union demanded raises that would amount to at least a 35% salary increase over three years as well as guaranteed jobs for any teachers who get laid off as Chicago’s schools downsize.”

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White House urges Chicago Teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to settle the Teachers’ Strike “quickly”

September 11, 2012

“”Our principal concern is for the students, and [the president's] principal concern is for the students and families who are affected by the situation,” Carney told reporters at a briefing.”

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